Raising the Standards: RCoA Quality Improvement Compendium

The Quality Improvement Compendium, previously known as the Audit Recipe Book, has provided a popular manual of audit topics for anaesthetists since the first edition in 2000. 

Since its last publication major changes to the Guidelines for the Provision of Anaesthetic Services (GPAS) and Anaesthesia Clinical Services Accreditation (ACSA) have been designed and implemented. The position of QI science and methodology has changed within the specialty and healthcare as a whole as it has been formally integrated into the curriculum since the last Audit Recipe Book was published.

The new edition of the Quality Improvement Compendium aims to:

  • provide comprehensive recipes for QI and audit in all sub-specialties of anaesthesia, and link to national audit/QI priorities in anaesthesia, such as the National Audit Project recommendations and National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA)
  • further promote the QI methodology and provide examples of real life change
  • align with GPAS chapters in order to deliver safe and up-to-date anaesthesia, and facilitate entry into the ACSA process.

For more information about the Compendium or quality improvement work, please contact qualityimprovement@rcoa.ac.uk.